Liam Moss had an excellent weekend in Santa Cruz, Calif.
Moss, a 14-year-old South Kamloops student, won a gold medal at the U.S. Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament. It wasn’t his first big competition — he has been in 19 events since January, and has hit the podium at tournaments in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Alberta and B.C.
He trains at Kamloops Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Aberdeen Judo and also does high school wrestling and submission grappling with local clubs.
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Aberdeen Judo Academy sent seven athletes to the B.C. Judo Championships in Abbotsford on Saturday, with all finishing in the top-five in their divisions.
The Hanks siblings each picked up gold medals. Megan, a 16-year-old brown belt, won the under-18 over-70-kilogram division. Geoffrey, a 14-year-old brown belt, was first in the U16 over-66kg division.
Drew Ramsay also struck gold. The 15-year-old brown belt won the U18 under-48kg division.
Morgan Endean, a 13-year-old green belt, was third in the U16 juvenile women’s division, while Matthew Hanks, 11, was second in his weight division.
Jarek Masson, a 15-year-old green belt, was fifth in the U18 cadet men’s under-60kg division. Kiera Endean, an 11-year-old yellow belt, was first in the U14 division.
Next up for the Aberdeen competitors is a Judo B.C.-sanctioned Okanagan team training session in Kelowna on Sunday.